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Pietersen escapes censure

Strauss insists batsman didn't overstep the mark

Pietersen: No punishment

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England batsman Kevin Pietersen will not be punished for his latest angry outburst on Twitter.

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Pietersen was left fuming after England were forced to practice indoors on Wednesday after the outside nets at the Adelaide Oval were wet.

And Pietersen aimed his tirade at the staff for failing to cover the nets as soon as it began to rain.

The South African-born batsman Tweeted: "What should a groundsmen [sic] make sure he does 2days out from a test match????"

Minutes later he answered the question himself by adding: "Cover the nets when it rains maybe??? PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Pietersen, though, will not be disciplined for the rant, although skipper Andrew Strauss has urged that the micro-blogging site should be used more responsibly.


"KP didn't overstep the line," insisted Strauss, who has avoided signing up for a Twitter account thus far.

"There are kinds of degrees of everything and we don't want anything that distracts our attention from what is important, which is getting on the cricket pitch and performing.

"I wouldn't prefer all of our players to be exactly like me. It would be a pretty boring dressing room.

"Everyone is different and a lot of the guys really enjoy Twitter. And it is a good way of broadening the appeal of the game.

"But it has to be used responsibly and by and large it has been. We have to make sure that we don't have any more incidences of the likes of what we have seen previously."